The US justice department has moved to drop a criminal case against Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser to Donald Trump who pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI.
Mr Flynn, who had sought to withdraw his guilty plea, was still awaiting sentencing when US prosecutors filed a motion on Thursday afternoon to dismiss the charges with the federal court in Washington.
Speaking to reporters at the White House after the motion was filed, Mr Trump said Mr Flynn was “an innocent man” and a “warrior”. Mr Trump had previously suggested he was open to pardoning Mr Flynn, a key member of the president’s 2016 campaign, transition team and initial White House staff.
Mr Flynn, a retired three-star general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was one of the first Trump administration officials to co-operate with Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.